Bulls Tied For First Despite Shootout Loss

TOPEKA, KS – Brooks Behling scored twice but it wasn’t enough as the Amarillo Bulls dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Topeka RoadRunners on Saturday night at the Kansas Expo Center-Landon Arena.

The Bulls were able to get one point and pull into a tie for first place in the NAHL’s South Division as the Texas Tornado were off tonight.

The fans were treated to a highly entertaining contest that went end to end throughout the 60 minutes.

Before the third period of the game started, there was another delay for a light issue in the building. The lights went off during the second intermission and more time was added. It was the second straight game that there was a light problem inside the Kansas Expo Center.

When the third period got under way, the Bulls controlled much of the play and had some great scoring chances. Matt Johnson had an opportunity to give the Bulls the win on a penalty shot late in the stanza but fired it wide.

In the shootout, two Topeka RoadRunners players tallied goalies with no Bulls players were able to find the back of the net.

The line of Brooks Behling, Terrance Johnson and TJ Sarcona got the Bulls off to a great start in the opening period of hockey. Behling scored his first in a Bulls’ uniform when he put the puck in the open net that was vacated by goaltender Eric Rohrkemper.  Terrance Johnson took the puck away from the Topeka goaltender in the corner on a great play.

After Topeka tied the game 1-1, the Bulls pulled in front again 1:19 later when that line combination went to work. Johnson made a great pass over to Behling who made no mistake and put it in the net.

In the second period the teams played at times at a torrid pace and it would be Topeka which would tie the game in the final two minutes on a deflection in front of the net.

The Bulls added defenseman Brandon Lubin to the line-up prior to the game. Lubin played with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and was also a member of the Albert Lea Thunder of the NAHL last season. Bulls captain Derek Hills did not play following a crosscheck he received from Topeka forward Michael Hill last night. However, Hills is feeling much better and could return to the line-up as early as next weekend. Hill didn’t play for Topeka in Saturday’s game.

The Amarillo Bulls return to action next weekend when they travel to Rio Rancho, New Mexico to face the Mustangs. Both games face off at 8:30 pm central, 7:30 pm eastern. The next home game for the Bulls is set for Friday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 15 when the Topeka RoadRunners visit The Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The puck drop for both games is set for 7 pm. Tickets are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. Call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 for group tickets, flex packs or to purchse single game tickets.